Steven H. Begleiter
Last summer my family and I drove to Denver for the annual Indian/ Nepal Heritage Camp at Snow Mountain. On our way we decided to go through Yellowstone National Park, a first for all of us. Ideally I would have like to stay in the Park for at least a week but since we were on deadline to reach the camp we only had two days and one night.
I have seen lots of wonderful images from Yellowstone Park in Magazines and have heard only great feedback from friends who have visited the park. So I was stoked to at least experience it myself.
Even though we arrived the July 4th weekend it was manageable . Outside of tourist behaving badly, getting close to the Bison or crossing over the boundary lines, it seemed the thousands of people visiting were pretty well behaved and traffic was no worse then Missoula traffic during rush hour.
After exploring Mammoth Falls for a couple of hours, it is a very surreal experience we decided to get away from the crowds and head south. It was a pretty hot summer day and my daughter spotted a market that had ice cream, so we stopped....more
Steven H. Begleiter
Photographing the Missoula Nutcracker , behind the scenes
I was asked if I could photograph the dancers of the Missoula Nutcracker Ballet on the day of their last performance. I would set up a make shift studio in the cavernous dance studio below the stage and when the dancers were not performing they would come down and be photographed.
I set up the lights and was ready to shoot...sort of ...after the first three groups, my strobes stopped working...whoops..Turned out this old facility put all the outlets into one circuit and I blew the fuse. The tech guy came to tell me that and shrugged his shoulder..good luck...
Being a veteran of near disasters...I didn't panic and problem solved. First I went to my off camera speedlight flash and shot some groups but the lighting wasn't up to my standards. Then, once the tech guy fixed the fuse, I realized I had power strips that I could use to redirect the surges....so I tried it and thankfully it worked..and for the next 6 hours I photographed the wonderful and colorful characters of the...more
Steven H. Begleiter
I just finished shooting my 4th catalog for Everest Designs. Through the years we have all evolved. Everest Designs created a micro economy in Nepal by having all their clothing products manufactured in Kathmandu.
I have known the owners, Matt and Choti, for ten years and I am always in awe of what they have created. Starting out by selling Nepalese hats at the weekend market in Missoula. Their hats were popular and eventually they opened a store and grew big enough to open a distribution center that sells the Everest Design Brand to stores around the world.
The latest fashion catalog for Everest Designs will show off their designs on gloves, vests and skirts. It is a very unique brand, their products are hand made in Nepal. When the earthquake occurred in Nepal in 2014 Matt and Choti went to Kathmandu and stayed for a while to be sure all their employees were safe. Great people to know and work for ...lucky memore
I have recently signed up with ImageRights to keep track of my images and see who in the world were using them without my permission. To my dismay there were many.
I started this adventure in July, when a woman from the east coast asked about one of my photos of a craftsman style home I had taken. She wanted to know the architect so she could purchase the plans. I asked her where she saw the image and her response was " It is all over the internet." The alarm bells went off. I decided, to track down the illegal usages, were too much for me and decided to hire ImageRights to begin looking into all the usages. We came up with about 150 illegal uses and narrowed it down to 36 viable cases that we could pursue.
It is a lengthy process and can take up to 6 months to collect. For me it has been a real eye opener. I think the biggest surprise was the response from some of those infringers. The most common response was, well it was on the internet and so I thought I could use the photo. It appears that even people in my industry...more
An introduction to how a photographer from the East Coast traveled West and almost lost his mind.
It all began almost 10 years ago, no wait, it really started over 20 years ago when I met this woman at a NYC party and eventually became my life partner, introduced me to the Rocky Mountains.
I had never traveled to the Northwest, except to the big cities like Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles for photo assignments. Montana was just a big State I would fly over and look down and wonder, "where are all the buildings? Why would any one want to live there?" When in love, one will do just about anything, even travel to Montana.
We arrived on the midnight flight in Missoula, Montana and my girlfriends' father, soon to be father-in-law, picked us up in his 79 white chevy pickup. We threw our luggage in the back and under a clear starry night headed down highway 93 South through the Bitterroot Mountains that were backlit by a full moon.more